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Feb 27, 2011 12:30pm PST
the use of less lethal, including the taser. we are a century city. we are not supposed to purchase products from arizona. we will have a thoughtful, methodical approach as to what we bring back to the commission. i want as much public input as possible. i want public involvement. i am going to pick some public stakeholders to be involved in the training process and come back and report to the commission of transparent this department has been. commissioner dejesus, did we talk about the actual dgo? commissioner dejesus: my understanding is this is not amending the dgo. chief godown: we are not amending the dgo tonight. i do not want to act like a bunch of lawyers, but tonight is authorizing a proposal for the youth of -- use of tasers or a similar weapon. commissioner dejesus: i was at a meeting last night and won the thing that you told the community members there -- it would be more than your advisory committee. it would be sticklers. chief godown: that is still the understanding. i will come back to the commission in 30 days as to what particular less legal option we are looking
Feb 23, 2011 7:00pm PST
no alternative, i would rather give them the alternative, knowing they have to use it in a restricted way. really come in the circumstances were the police officers talked, what you heard in their voices was, we don't have to use deadly force in these circumstances. we don't want -- of baton will not be effective. we need something that will incapacitate someone for a few seconds so we can get in and control someone. you're right. everything you said is correct about what the manufacturer said. if you have to make a choice between giving them this alternative, which is very restricted, and no alternative, i would give them the option, then i would evaluate it, and also have accountability. the sheriff said in all this is years they used it, they only used it 14 times, says to me you can implement this, you can evaluate it, and you can have supervision and training. at the end of the day, what happened? this is not about taking life. this is about saving lives. it is about the police officers and the san francisco police department who are asking you for another option. you will still hold them ac
Feb 21, 2011 2:00am PST
or food taken out. >> using that example, whoi would we want -- i understand the use of the primary concern and something like blueberries and jam doesn't seem that significant of a difference. >> i think part of the concern is that as part of the -- well, this is especially in our district and part of the accessory use controls is that you cannot sell stock and trade from your home. another issue is that it's very hard for us to control if the pies you bake were actually from the blueberry bushes in your backyard. at what point -- i don't know if the planning department is equipped to say this is san francisco blueberries and these are from whatnot. and i believe we have an issue with how we grapple with the enforcement on that. commissioner borden: and if we added value added and the blueberry and would kitchen requirements be kicked in? >> i believe that would have to be regulated under the department of public health. and it is my understanding that they go around. >> and the guy from urban agriculture, can you answer that question about value added goods like the blueberry -- y
Feb 26, 2011 4:00am PST
not release his grip. at the time, the only thing that came to mind was to use my firearm. my oc was not in play. i could i use a baton because of the distance. my head was buried in his chest. at the same time, the suspect was able to grab my microphone cord and ripped it from my radio, so i did not have a mic. i was not able to be in contact with communications for over four minutes. another officer arrived at the location. he was able to free myself from the suspect's chokehold. that officer, myself, and the sergeant continued to struggle with the suspect until other officers arrived on scene. it took a total of six officers to subdue the suspect. we had to subdue the suspect. he was continuing to kick his legs, kicking at officers. the suspect continued to grab equipment from the gun belt and try to grab radios with negative result. we were able to subdue the suspect with eight officers. i am your standing in front of you tonight hoping commissioners will take a serious look at providing officers with an additional tools, such as a taser, to use in a situation like this. beca
Feb 23, 2011 6:00pm PST
of the firearm, and not with a cross-draw style holster. all of that is done to promote appropriate use. the policy we envision about control and oversight requirements -- a limited number of discharges. automatic document to review by a supervisor for each event. automatic review by the training division. automatic notification of each event to occ. a yearly audit on the number of events and their outcomes. last year, we heard from ms. kelly evans from the aclu. although she did not endorse a request, we would like to read a short excerpt from her letter dated march 4, 2010. >we strongly believe that sfpd should begin with a trial basis. this would allow the department and commission to evaluate each deployment closely, and make decisions based on actual use of the weapon. participating officers in any pilot project should have strong positive relationships with the community and a demonstrated history of good judgment and judicious use of force. that data should be made available to the community and closely addressed. should any turning our policy changes be made? there should be imm
Feb 26, 2011 3:30am PST
is because in our study of the san francisco police department we recommended the use of ced's. we looked at the department. we looked at all of the options that were available. we talked to people. we talked to citizens and we talked to police officers. we watched what was going on in the country. the san francisco police department does not use a lot of force, comparatively speaking. this department uses a lot of restraint. we recommended the use of this. we have been around for over 35 years. we are an independent nonprofit. we do a lot of work for the department of justice. i have the network for 17 years. i worked in the boston police department. i have a ph.d. from mit. i have been studying these issues. we've been asked by the department of justice to look of this. in 2005, we are asked to develop guidelines for their use. that was about six years ago. we develop the guidelines. we brought in all sorts of experts. those guidelines came out and are used by most police departments in the country. six years later, in 2011, we brought over 150 people to philadelphia, including the aclu
Feb 24, 2011 8:00pm PST
husband had been using drugs and had just struck their kid. the mother was outside with her two kids. i entered the apartment and found the suspect sitting on the bedroom floor. i ask him to stand up and he complied. i told him to turn around and i was going to put handcuffs on him. i attempted to place a twist lock grip so i could handcuff the suspect. the suspect yelled out, "i am not going. you cannot take me. shoot me. kill me. -- kill me." i called for a distress call over the radio. i only had one chance to put out the radio call clear and concise. i looked down and spoken to my microphone. as i looked down, the suspect grabbed my head and placed my head into a guillotine-type of hold. another sergeant was on scene and attempted to subdue the other free arm of the suspect to no avail. when the suspect put his arms around my neck, he was choking me. i could feel my carotid pulsing. i punched the suspect numerous times to no avail. he did not release his grip. at the time, the only thing that came to mind was to use my firearm. my oc was not in play. i could i use a baton because of
Feb 24, 2011 8:30pm PST
with 800 police departments in the state of california, over 10,000 police departments in the u.s. almost every major police department has now had five years' worth of data. they have a number of situations in which police officers like you heard here tonight have stood up and said, if i didn't have a taser, i would have had to kill this person. in charlotte, north carolina, in phoenix, arizona, a number of police departments, in los angeles, where chief comes from, incidents have dramatically reduced the cases. have there been some cases where people have died? yes. we now know more. we have six years of research that says repeated use of the taster can cause injury. what do we say in our guard line? one five-second deployment, and adult with. sometimes we say, when it is not working, you use something else. why would the police departments use this of it was causing more harm than good? their study showing less injuries. we are not making this up. commissioner dejesus: memphis stopped using the tasers. >> who stopped? commissioner dejesus: memphis. >> one of the few exceptions. commiss
Feb 24, 2011 7:30am PST
of this. in 2005, we are asked to develop guidelines for their use. that was about six years ago. we develop the guidelines. we brought in all sorts of experts. those guidelines came out and are used by most police departments in the country. six years later, in 2011, we brought over 150 people to philadelphia, including the aclu and representatives from police departments across the country, canadians, british. we looked at the evidence. we said, "where are we today?" we were asked by the department of justice to do a study. that is here. it looked at what is the impact that ced's are having an departments that use them and do not use them. if you will allow me, i am going to review the findings. this is from the national department of justice study, independent of the manufacturer. perf compared the experience is over seven years of law enforcement agencies that use conductive energy devices with agencies that do not use ced's, reviewing thousands of incidents. the study was supported by the national institute of justice research arm of the u.s. department of justice. the study sho
Feb 26, 2011 4:30am PST
-- over 400 people have died by the use of tasers. >> i appreciate that you know this as well as you do. we have told the manufacturer to have a cut off at five seconds. they wrote back to was that they will cut them off at five seconds. we -- we specifically wrote to the manufacturer. i can show you the letter. i have it with me. commissioner dejesus: how do we know the weapons are not discharging more electricity than what the manufacturer recommends? is there a calibration method? how we know they're not being given a dose that is outside what the manufacturer calls for. >> the weapon is tested. there is a record of activation when it is used. commissioner, you raise good issues, but at the end of the day, if you're a police officer, would you rather have the option to use this rather than deadly force? commissioner dejesus: the problem i have come it is a fluid situation in the field. they shoot at somebody who is fleeing, they fall into traffic, there had is crushed. it is a pregnant woman. they're going to -- >> that is why we generated 53 guidelines to say when you can use it and
Feb 17, 2011 3:30pm PST
that farmers' markets probably use this as well and find closer language and a majority of the ingredients came from that site. and there are questions of enforcement and i am not exactly sure how farmers' market does it but they have figured out ways to do it and if you made a salsa that most of the ingredients came from the garden, maybe you didn't make the salsa yourself. >> and did you look at -- >> i would like the commissioners to check. >> and commissioner, i am working under the umbrella of the department of public health. and i spoke to the director of environmental health this morning and we discussed this very issue. value added product and the processed food. and which we allow both at certified farmers' markets and other events. and in those cases value added products are processed foods and must be prepared in a commercial or approved kitchen. and permitted by the city of san francisco or department of health at the state level. most kitchens have to be approved. and also they are subject to a fee for specific events or mobile vendors. and whether you prepare the value added produ
Feb 18, 2011 10:00pm PST
and how we can differentiate a temporarying a agriculture use and make the fees and minimal as possible. president olague: second. >> some of my questions have been cleared up. i am particularly taken with casey allen's comments on hours. which are currentfully there at 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and obviously that can be seven days a week with no other statement. i have no problem with crops growing seven days a week. they're going to. 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and additional. however, it comes to sales. when you get into residential neighborhoods in the middle of them and please correct me if i am incorrect and i could set up a store selling my agricultural goods including value added from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week all year. is that correct? >> i think my take on the legislation is you could sell your produce vegetables, lettuce, et, seven days a week 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. >> all right. because i would object to that and there should be much more stringent regulations to hours and how many days per week that can be done if we are going into residential neighborhoods. and the
Feb 24, 2011 8:30am PST
are the circumstances to use it. i think the commission has to think of the unintended consequences of not doing this. do you really want to put san francisco police officers back on the street without an option they say they need? commissioner dejesus: you know what? aclu is here. they can speak for themselves. i do appreciate. thank you for answering the question. >> first of all, the guidelines , would they permit the officers to tase someone who is fleeing? >> yes. we had the circumstances under which -- we debated that issue for three hours in houston about the fleeing issue. that is not the only circumstance under which you tase someone. the act of fleeing should not be sufficient to tase someone. >> your reviewed best practices, you came to our city. our use of dogs, officer shootings, it was a very thorough review. simple question for you. it is very clear that tasers are less than lethal and can cause death. the officers were to tase 10 people were shoot 10 people, what would they do? >> the vast majority of people do not get injured from being tased. most of the 10 who are tased will get up
Feb 26, 2011 7:00am PST
we had some terminology, some of us who did cases. street justice is when a police officer, without taking somebody through the system, punishes the person physically or verbally or somehow. i am worried, because a significant number of san francisco police officers, i think, do that sort of thing. the other thing is that in a lot of our cases, where we started winning -- i read in the newspaper we are going to be trained. what i found out when i do cases is once we start winning, the defense goes, "the officer was inadequately trained." it always happens that way. we have had many things we could accomplish in san francisco, and we have not. how to do with the mentally ill. 10 to 15 years, there has been training available in northern california, but the police department says we have not got it done yet. how about the backlog of misconduct cases? how about the backlog of misconduct cases the experts -- cases? i'll give you a quote. there is a poster on the wall at the hall of justice. it shows a kid hitting somebody, and another kid picking somebody. the "is, "violence is learned
Feb 27, 2011 2:30pm PST
on them," although those of the only people the device rationally could be used on. [applause] here is another training slide on that. this is a slide we prepared in the heston case. this man was tearing up his parents' house in a delirious rage, following methamphetamine injection. he was tasered by three different officers who cycled about 25 times. it causes intense muscle contractions. the releases lactic acid that increases the blood acid that stops the heart. that is what this device can do when it is not used properly. here is the morning. commissioner chan referred to high-risk populations. do not use it on pregnant women. typically, that is obvious, although we have seen footage of a used on 70-year-old women, the infirm, the elderly, small children. i have a case where a police officer tasered an autistic boy who was acting out during recess. and do not use it on thin people. so anytime you get a bad result on your department using one of these things on someone like that, we are going to have these slides in front of the jury. they knew not to do it. the manufacturer has
Feb 25, 2011 9:00pm PST
. >> richard gowen, you've indicated that you think u.s. power is in decline. >> i agree with a lot of what david just said, and i think two or three years ago before the financial crisis, i would have agreed 100%, but not anymore. i think the financial crisis has massively shaken global faith in the u.s. as a leader. that's compounded a lot of the ill feeling left over from iraq. and frankly, we're seeing trade flows, we're seeing investment flows that are empowering countries like china, like india, like brazil, ultimately at the expense of the u.s. and yes, the u.s. is still power number one, but it is sliding and it is going to continue to lose power, and as david said, find it harder to get its own way. >> a former american secretary of state, madeleine albright once described the united states as an indispensable nation. she called it the indispensable nation. richard, is it still indispensable? >> on many issues, yes. but if you're the chinese leadership, you want to dispense with the u.s. in the pacific, for example. even if you're, um, the brazilian leadership, which is much more p
Feb 24, 2011 11:00am PST
communities are communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by police brutality and by the use of tasters nationwide. our families were here today. our elderly folks came out today to speak against tasers. instead, do talk to our communities. don't talk to them about what gun you are going to allow a police officer to shoot them with. talk to them about what services are needed, but their experience has been with officers when things have escalated and they have used force on them. you talk to them about that. thank you for holding the public, and finally. also, the research and study and everything presented to you today shows that tasers are not what you should be looking for. i am not sure how much research to need to do, given the research that is already out there, and given what your purpose is with looking into tasers. talk to our communities and figure out a way there can be more effective community policing in our communities and less police brutality, less police abuse. thank you. [applause] >> good evening, commissioners, chief. i want to thank you again for voting t
Feb 27, 2011 1:30pm PST
within 5 feet of the officer. are the officers trained to use a taser or baton in that situation? are they trained to use a lethal weapon? >> at this stage, we don't have tasers. current training, their options would have been -- a knife- wielding subject is a level of deadly force. we are not trained to go lesser level of force to a higher level of force. in that situation, they could have used a taser. if that did not work, their only option is lethal force. commissioner dejesus: do you know of instances where an officer -- and i've-wielding person is four feet from the officer and use the tasered? >> i cannot answer statistics like that. >> commissioner, i would like to read one component. the problem with this weapon is the officers are all not going to be able to carry that in a patrol car. that weapon would have had to be driven out to that location, even if we were going to conceivably use that in the senate -- in this scenario, which we wouldn't have. the minute the officer grabs that weapon and has to have another officer that guards him. his gun is of no use to him beca
Feb 10, 2011 11:00am PST
district in which it is located. it removes the prohibition on small retail stores using toasters or microwave ovens to prepare food which has been a prohibition. this deserves the specialize russia controls, especially as it is outlined by position g i believe this will foster the growth and grow the economy. >> think you. -- thank you. >> at a point of the resolution is that we have declared of timber 22nd, 2007, as -- the last point i wanted to make was simply to think the mayor for coming out of the weekend. people were very appreciative to see the mayor where we went. i would like to think him for his efforts to reach out. >> we had a town hall meeting and we had 162 people come out. this is a wonderful and diverse representation of district 5. this was to discuss the challenges of public safety. there has been concerns. people are really on it. the new house staff were impressed at how it engaged our committee is because the solutions have been community- driven. there needs to be follow-up and questions about getting people jobs and job training and dealing with the larger
Feb 23, 2011 8:00pm PST
>> i do not know. some have to have a regulation that it cannot be used on people who are handcuffed. a do nothing dry stunning should exist. i wish i knew the answer. i would suggest no dry stunning, yes. chief godown: my second question is that there is no argument that a high percentage of police departments across this country have tasers. if that is the case and there are some in lawsuits, why is it police departments do not ban the taser? >> thank you for the question. i think there is a move away from taser. we're talking about this new generation of devices, which only became widespread starting in 2003, and since 2005. there is less than 10 years of history here. taser reported fourth quarter earnings, and sales are way down. i have talked to representatives from small apartments, who have told me they are thinking about dropping the device because of their concern about liability and effectiveness. i think we are going to see a phase-out of these devices over the next several years. now that i have gotten involved in this, somebody demonstrated a device to me
Feb 8, 2011 3:00pm PST
to the infrastructure financing districts as proposed. >> i submit. i was not called. >> item 9 is the use of guideline resolutions. item 10, resolution approving the official for financing plan. item 11, hearing of persons interested in are objecting to the proposed legislation. item 12 proposes the infrastructure district. item 13, an intention to issue bonds. 14, a special election for the financing district. 15, declaring the results of special election for the city and financing district. 16, an ordinance creating an infrastructure financing district and adopting an of the structure planned. 17 is resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds for the city and county of san francisco pertaining to the district. but >> we have a number of items before us related to the creation of a financing district. these items will allow the city to commit a portion of the property tax revenues. the plan has been prepared and made available to the public. these items must be taken one at a time and ordered to authorize the issuance of the bonds. let me refer us to like the elephant, open up the hearing. i underst
Feb 24, 2011 9:30pm PST
to international standards, international -- electronic weapons should only be used in cases where there could be lethal force. far from minimizing the use of force by police, this is dangerously blurred the lines around what is considered acceptable levels of force. one of our principal concerns is that ceds are increasingly be used in situations where firearms or other weapons would not be an option. they have sometimes been used preemptively, at the first sign of even minor resistance. furthermore, our study found that because ceds are often seen as nonlethal, they are often used as a weapon of first rather than last resort. the have become less an alternative to firearms and deadly force, rather than an alternative to less intensive techniques. in the 2008 study, amnesty international found that of the 334 persons who died following ced use, the vast majority of individuals, roughly 90%, or not carrying a weapon of any sort. many did not appear to present a serious threat when they were electroshocked. far from preventing escalation of force, law enforcement agencies are using ceds to subd
Feb 27, 2011 4:30pm PST
are arrested. i am worried that the police will use tasers on domestic violence survivors. the lgbt community has been highly affected by budget cuts in services. new leaf services, which was a 25-year-old organization serving thousands of books dealing with substance abuse issues, closed this year. it closed. we have no place to refer lgbt people that is really, but -- really competent to deal with lgbt issues. david campos was able to -- i do not even know. thank goodness he did what he did. we're going to be spending money on tasers? let's put the community as a priority rather than tasers. thank you. [applause] >> good evening. my name is richard terry kotch. i am on the executive board of the national lawyers guild. we signed on to community opposition to tasers in san francisco. i urge you to vote no. tasers can and do turn non-legal force situations into deadly force situations, especially for mentally ill people, who often react differently to many things, including physical events, such as being tasered. some mentally ill may not be stopped by a taser, increasing the risk of an offic
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Feb 9, 2011 12:00am EST
quote arguments that would be used against them if they increased the defense budget. i made the comment at some point we've found some terrible event occurs and people will recognize the importance of being willing to make the kinds of investments and expenditures on defense
Feb 24, 2011 8:00am PST
at providing officers with an additional tools, such as a taser, to use in a situation like this. because the third officer arrived on scene just in time, i did not have to use lethal force to stop the threat of the suspect who was choking me. thank you for your time. president mazzucco: thank you come officer. chief, we will get him a microphone tomorrow. >> our last speaker will be the legal use of force expert from our tactical unit. he is experienced in devices and will discuss the sl6 used by the crisis intervention team in the memphis pd. >> good evening. i'm a member of the tactical units in the san francisco police department. i have been with the police department for 17 years. i am currently an instructor in numerous subject matters, including firearms, diversionary devices, crowd control, use of force, and numerous subject matters that i have been trained in over the years. i was asked to talk about this multi-launcher, which the tactical unit currently deploys with, as it with a possibly been used in the scenario described earlier tonight. i have been through many courses in l
Feb 14, 2011 5:30pm PST
recommendations for the planning code urban agriculture. this is important relating to urban agriculture uses. we have a presentation by the director of climate change initiative. in your binder is several documents including the ordinance as well as the letter sent to you. also, i have two additional documents. one is an executive order dated 2009, and the other is included in the planning commission packet i sent to you the other day. >> i am the director of climate change initiatives. thank you for the opportunity to present to you today in superior -- to you today. the proposed ordinance is certainly the longest ordinance i have ever seen that you have before you. it was introduced as an outgrowth of the executive director you have before you. this directive also the department' junes to foster -- departments to foster local food production -- this directive urges the department to foster local food production. one was to reduce environmental impact, to create new uses for land in the city, and to foster green jobs, so there are key issues, out of which the ordinance cayman -- came. i states
Feb 24, 2011 2:30pm PST
of their new development. >> until they start construction, we still have the use of that parking lot. this is at least 80 years away and it gives us two years away to accommodate those nine residents. >> are you free to speak about your prospective buyer? >> well, this is a san francisco family, a mother and son. >> that's fine. >> if i can reiterate that there is no project filed with the city for a new project and there is no new use being proposed are contemplated at this time with the recommendation to approve this ordinance. that would require a building ordinance application at that time. >> this is a desirable new zoning which to me does sound good because you are transition to a commercial area. to have some retail across from this, you have two or three ground level stores happen -- stores. there would be some housing above. that is what we are looking at. thank you. >> i am torn about this project. i would be more comfortable -- if there are some ideas in front of us so that this would be -- with the projects. this is not an easy sight. we first discussed this project, i th
Feb 24, 2011 9:00am PST
cases. let us hope that the victim who is getting tasered is not in that small minority of cases that involves injury or death. i would like to talk about one of these small minority of cases. this man -- he is a boy. he is 17 years old. he lived in charlotte, north carolina. we have heard about the charlotte department. this is a charlotte-mecklenburg incident that was caught on tape. there'll worked in the local supermarket as a backer. he graduated from high school. he was caught by his employer eating some snack food and not paying for it. there were hot dogs. he was upset. he felt he was being singled out and treated unfairly. he had his polo shirt that belonged to the store. he took it off and was confronting the manager. this is what the -- this is what the store video captured. there he is. he is not on drugs. the structurally normal heart. healthy 17 year-old. he pushed the display over. here is the officer pulling the taser as he walks in the front door. he has not even make contact yet. you heard about painting the. the see it right on the center of -- painting the dot
Feb 27, 2011 3:00pm PST
deployment. explanations are severalfold. initially, police departments using the taser had much more liberal policy about using the taser. as there was recognition of risk, policies were put forth that dampened that use of taser s and that mitigated some of that risk. if tasers were to be brought, we want to prevent that 600% increase in seven deaths and not have that increase. i will point out that after the tasers were used, it did not come back to baseline. it came back to 40% above that baseline. 50 cities provided data for the study. the other question we asked was how about shootings. do they go down? about 20 cities replied. we found about six shootings per 100,000 arrests, which doubled in that first year of taser use. it came back near the baseline after that first year. but shooting stubble. one possibility is that with liberal use of tasers, confrontations escalated until lethal force was necessary. i will be the first to admit that this particular outcome -- we did not have the power to measure this outcome. only four cities provided data on officer injuries. neverth
Feb 23, 2011 7:30pm PST
there far more often than a gun would be used. officers are taught that tasers are not to be used in deadly force situations, because tasers are not always effective if lives are in danger. officers are taught to use deadly force. i was in the other room when officers told stories about incidents that had happened, the removing stories, marie scary stories. in most of those scenarios, tasers would not be an appropriate weapon. tasers are not non-lethal weapons. they are less lethal. at least six people have died nearby when tasers were used. in one of those cases, the man had been hitting a car with a garden hoe. he did not respond to commands, and officers used batons and pepper spray on him. the coroner's report said that tasers had been used 20 times. he died the next day. a comparison can be made a fatal officer-involved shootings in the five years before and after tasers were deployed in san jose. there were seven between 1999 and 2004, and seven in the five years following. however, when the number of deaths after tasers were deployed is added, it becomes 13. the numbers in
Feb 17, 2011 5:30pm PST
six weeks told me that he has no choice. why is this so necessary? >> for us, we're broke. like nearly every state across the country. >> reporter: just as republicans prepared to pass the bill, key democrats left the state to stall the vote. capitol police were looking for them. >> we hope that we're in a place that's hard to find. >> reporter: what's upsetting to state workers is a budget that strips away all of their human bargaining rights. any wage increase beyond cost of living would require a state referendum. they blame the governor. do you think he's trying to bust the union? >> yes. by taking away our right to bargain as teachers. >> reporter: are you trying to bust the union? >> no. bottom line, trying to balance the budget. >> reporter: governor said that if the law doesn't pass, thousands of public workers will be laid off. still, democrats are still awol and the governor is threatening to call out the national guard if the central state employees walk off the job. diane? >> chris, no sign that they're going home soon. thank you. >>> and as chris knows, the debate, the con
Feb 17, 2011 4:00pm PST
the same attitude and try to cut down on suburban sprawl and some of the worst land uses are in some of the areas that were previously very rich agricultural areas. a couple of years ago we had a report where two high-rises had about the same amount of square foot j and use 50 times as much lapped for -- land for bishop branch with the sprawl and no parking and public transit close and we have to redirect our entire thinking, then this is a beginning for sure. i do have a couple of concerns and the first was as far as the puc comment and always a big comment of puc and you kind of snuck this in, but the restriction on minor uses of foiage around one's house and i understand you have to get a permit if you want a postage stamp lawn in front of the house and the same is true if you want to grow vegetables in your backyard. i am not sure we really should look to the big users more than the small users in san francisco. we're the best in anywhere of water use. we use very little water in san francisco and while we can always improve a little, i think we don't want to discourage people f
Feb 19, 2011 4:30pm PST
to recognize the history not only of our communities, but of many communities that have fought for us to be here today. again, happy new year. thank you for being here and joining in on the celebration. [applause] >> thank you, supervisors. assessor phil ting plays a crucial role in our city. his office is responsible for calling on all of us to pay our property taxes. maybe not so popular, but we like him. [laughter] his office makes sure that the revenue is here for the city budget. without further ado, please welcome city assessor phil ting. >> thank you. i am usually not popular with everyone else, but with other city officials, i am very popular. come budget time, they come calling. welcome to city hall. happy new year, everybody. it is an honor to see all of you here. it is a reminder for all of us as public servants that we are here to serve you. the day we opened city hall to all of you -- it is quite an honor to see all of you here celebrating with us. it is a reminder of how we have to constantly keep city hall opened, not just for the folks that have access, but for those t
Feb 23, 2011 9:30pm PST
it that it was published and considered the last time. the last thing i will say, if you don't use it in legal situations, there doesn't seem to be a role for tasters. -- tasers. >> police officers are using extremely [unintelligible] when the police leave, i have to deal with the aftermath. when you put extra weapons on them, it is going to cost them. the fact that he was on the ground with four people surrounding him, it shows a lot of irresponsibility and unaccountability. remember this. we are people, we are not statistics and numbers. -- get nervous and hold their thumb down. i am a great grandmother with a heart murmur. i want to know if police will be able to recognize that fact when we are protesting the future budget cuts that will be necessary to pay for these tasers. thank you. >> i am from north beach. during the 1990's, i probably attended 150 police commission meetings. i represented people in oakland before the police review board. we had some terminology, some of us who did cases. street justice is when a police officer, without taking somebody through the system, punishes the person phys
Feb 27, 2011 10:00pm EST
with words george washington used to describe the new government's responsibility, to ensure americans clearly understand the threat they face at home and abroad. i am sure that the massive citizens of these united states meanwhile, washington told john jay 1976 and i believe he will always act while whenever they can obtain a right understanding of matters. let me say that i share washington state in the essentially sound common sense of americans, except perhaps the coming generations is no members in unable to figure out how to put a baseball cap on to the brim point forward. but i do not say that our national government under either party is capable or even desirous of accurately educating the citizenry about the islamists that confronting america. americans which not have what washington called her right understanding of the threats from the persian gulf region. in my writings i sat to acquaint americans at the nature of these threats called in from iran and its coreligionists in iraq and lebanon, the vicious martial, anti-christian, anti-jewish and anti-western branch of islamic
Feb 24, 2011 11:30am PST
a police officer would be scared and want to use a weapon. when people have more weapons available, they use more weapons. it is just what people do. i think bringing more weapons into this situation is in no way going to deescalate anything. we need to try using a different method first. i have two minutes. i am going to use them. we were playing been go downstairs. what did we have left that nobody setbacks -- nobody said? did anybody get been kodak's 3, 2, 1 -- get bingo? three, two, one. thank you. >> i am the president of [unintelligible] and a member of numerous other organizations. you have heard various arguments here tonight, but we also need to look to the moral issues. the effect of the matter is it is obvious when somebody gets hit with a taser the become agitated and it leads to escalation. the fact of the matter is that tasers are mainly used against homeless people, the mentally ill, and the poor. these are people who need help, not torture. i say torture because as amnesty international states, it is a torture device. a fundamental question we need to ask in san fra
Feb 26, 2011 5:30am PST
electroshocked. far from preventing escalation of force, law enforcement agencies are using ceds to subdue noncompliant individuals who do not pose a significant threat. they include people who continue to struggle while in restraints, who are intoxicated but not dangerous, or who walked or ran from officers during non-life- threatening incidents. several individuals were shot for failing to comply with demands when there were already incapacitated. some were shocked by more than one officer at a time, for long periods, multiple times. the 2008 report also documents multiple examples of people being shot with ceds for nonviolent interactions with the police. examples include a mentally ill teenager who died after being shocked repeatedly while he was naked and lying on the floor of a jail. a young medical doctor crashed his car after he had an epileptic seizure. he was repeatedly shocked at the roadside for refusing to comply with commands. amnesty international considers use of electric shock weapons contrary to international standards that require police to use force only as a last resor
Feb 15, 2011 2:00pm PST
on the many, many contributions of african-americans in this city and how each of us has changed the gee graval and cultural landscape of this city. how fitting that we celebrate black history month today, which is also the same as lunar new year and also an opportunity -- opportunity to reflect on the diversity of this city and how happy we are to be in a city which is so inclussive. so without forth delay i would like to welcome you on behalf of mator's office of neighborhood services. mayor lee will be joining us later. with the invocations, we would like to invite pastor stacey kerns. >> good amp. let us pause for a moment to invite the presence of god. shall we pray together? god, our help in ages past, our hope in years to come, we invite your holy presence to bless this celebration of african-american history month. we give up thanks and praise for the legacy, the creativity, the genius and contributions of african-american people everywhere. we pray that you would strengthen this organization and strengthen all organizations that support telling the story of black history. and so
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